- Low season from US$147
- High season from US$163
It’s located off the coast just south of the Kuala Lumpur Airport, so it could actually be a very cheap getaway when combined with an Air Asia flight from anywhere in the region. It’s worth noting that opening such a huge overwater resort has not been without complications, and some guests do have some minor complaints. While the rooms are new and the location is convenient, more than a few guests do find things to complain about and the review scores stay at a pretty low average. Do your research before booking this one.
- Low season from US$275
- High season from US$275
The location a short boat ride away from Bocas del Toro is part of its appeal, as it’s quite isolated from pretty much everything. For divers and adventure types, this one might be perfect. For honeymooners, it’s probably better to look elsewhere.
- Low season from US$311
- High season from US$529
Typical of nearly all Maldives resorts, there is a diving center and a long list of water sports and beach activities available. This place gets quite good reviews, especially considering the reasonable prices, so this one looks like a nice choice for those looking for value in the Maldives.
- Low season from US$328
- High season from US$456
This is a simple resort that has almost nothing to offer families or children, so it tends to draw a steady flow of couples who prefer the calm. The water villas are modern and luxurious and there are plenty of water sports and other activities available, so guests don’t feel like they are cutting corners.
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- Low season from US$333
- High season from US$584
A larger resort like this also comes with many benefits, including a long list of water sports and other family-friendly activities. There are also 9 different restaurants and bars, so even on a longer stay guests can avoid getting bored with the food service. The huge swimming pool as well as tennis courts, beach volleyball, and fitness club should appeal to guests looking to stay busy.
- Low season from US$341
- High season from US$539
Reviews here are good and the rate includes breakfast daily, so it’s one to consider in this lower price range. Another benefit here is that it’s close enough to the main Maldives airport to allow for speedboat transfers, which are cheaper and more flexible than the sea-plane transfers that most other Maldives resorts require along with booking.
- Low season from US$345
- High season from US$398
The downside, for some people, is that it’s also an “eco-resort” and there is limited electricity, plus no TVs or internet available. On the other hand, there’s great diving and snorkeling in the area, plus loads of other activities and tours. Similar to the other Caribbean resorts that make this list, it’s probably a better choice for an adventure holiday than for a honeymoon, at least for most couples.
- Low season from US$346
- High season from US$474
Reviews here are very good, especially for the modest rates. In spite of its small size, they manage to pack in many activity choices including yoga, a gym, and an Indian-themed spa. A most unusual feature here is that Gangehi Island offers the cheapest rates in the Maldives for solo water villa travelers. In fact, the rate for one person is only half the price of two.
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- Low season from US$350
- High season from US$427
Even the smallest class of overwater suites here is 2 levels with a king-size bed in an upper loft area, and a large private terrace out front. The main downside (for some people) is that this resort is quite remote, so it’s not the sort of place you can just pop by and get a room.
- Low season from US$359
- High season from US$383
The resort has 18 less expensive rooms on the island, so the whole place is quite modest in size. Still, there is a wide variety of water sports and other activities that you’d expect to find at a luxury hotel in the tropics. Guests here pay less than in Bora Bora or Moorea, yet as long as they don’t expect a 5-star property, this one could be a great deal.
- Low season from US$369
- High season from US$521
In spite of the water villas sharing one wall with another, they are quite large at 800 square feet (74 square meters), including the traditional glass floor section and a large private terrace. The snorkeling in the house reef here is excellent according to guests, and the dive center also gets very high marks.
- Low season from US$380
- High season from US$380
The hotel has 6 “over the sea cabanas” and 6 island rooms. The over the sea cabanas are configured in a semi-circle over a shallow portion of the lagoon. Unlike some of the eco-resorts, these bungalows do have air conditioning and a stocked mini-fridge, but there’s no TV or entertainment system.
- Low season from US$390
- High season from US$452
The service and diving experience are excellent, according to nearly all guest reviews, so this place is a big favorite among the Scuba set. Room rates also include 3 meals per day, 1 welcome cocktail, and airport transfers. Divers get 2 dives per day plus all equipment, so it really is a fantastic deal if that’s what you are after.
- Low season from US$392
- High season from US$480
The water villas are quite nice and fairly large so the reasonable rates seem to be due to the size of the place. There are more than a dozen restaurants and bars on the island, and even a small pitch & putt golf course. This place seems to have a lot of repeat guests, which is a good sign in this price range.
- Low season from US$394
- High season from US$620
Each water villa here is loaded with 4-star luxury features, including a glass-bottom table that allows guests to observe the sea life below night or day. The short flight from the Tahiti Airport adds a bit to the total price, but this is still a solid bargain in this part of the world among overwater resorts.
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- Low season from US$409
- High season from US$469
The location just a short distance from the Tahiti Airport is another part of its appeal. Many people going on to Bora Bora or Moorea have to spend one night in Tahiti on their way in or out of the South Pacific, so this resort can come in handy. It’s a full-on luxury resort with over 200 total rooms, so there’s a lot to like here.
- Low season from US$411
- High season from US$411
The price could be a major temptation for some people who want to sleep in a proper overwater bungalow in the South Pacific, so this place does serve a purpose as long as expectations are in line, and you don’t mind the fact that there is no air conditioning and that the service is even more “relaxed” than most other inexpensive South Pacific hotels.
- Low season from US$414
- High season from US$732
One of the more interesting things about this resort is that their Superior Overwater Bungalows are their most affordable category, but their Luxury Overwater Bungalows are usually only a bit more expensive even though they are much larger inside and out. During the high season months of June through August it can be tough to find any availability at all, but the weather is more or less the same the whole year so the low season is best.
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- Low season from US$422
- High season from US$505
The resort has 2 restaurants and 2 bars, but it’s also conveniently located on Bora Bora so guests can easily reach other independent restaurants, many of which will pick you up and drop you back off for free if you call them in advance. This resort also has a “Private Island” wing that is accessible by a free shuttle boat. The overwater bungalows out there are only a bit more expensive, and guests can use facilities from both areas for the same price.